The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

10 January 2006

AP: No Franken Minnesota Senate Run Yet


Senate Run Possible For Air America Host

In a fresh AP story, Al Franken is telling reporters today he's not sure whether he'll in fact run for a Minnesota US Senate seat in 2008. For some time, there has been strong speculation he would throw his hat in the ring to take on Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minn), partly fueled by the Air America Radio host himself.

Certainly, such a race would give Franken an easy jumping-off point as Air America begins to wind down.

From the wire:

Al Franken has moved his radio show from New York City to his home state of Minnesota, but he still isn't ready to announce a U.S. Senate run for 2008.

The comedian and host of "The Al Franken Show" on Air America radio, began broadcasting his show from Minneapolis last week. He says he made the move because, "I just always consider myself a Minnesotan."

While Franken acknowledges the new locale might not bring as many guests into the studio, he won't address whether it's a step toward an eventual Senate candidacy. Franken recently told The Associated Press that he hasn't made a decision yet.

"I think I'll be deciding early to middle 2007," he said.

If Franken does intend to run, the story fails to point out he really can't admit that in public without running into possible FCC, FEC and professional complications, as the election draws closer.

Only a fool would indicate solid interest now and put his well-paying Air America Radio show at risk. That's because Sen. Coleman and any other potential challengers, including Democrats, could rightly raise a holy stink about a declared Franken candidacy while he continues on the air.

However, he sure sounds
like a contender here, judging by the way he's recently been moderating his position on Iraq (from the Hillary playbook?) and downplaying ties to Air America:

Should he seek an elected office, Franken says his key issues would include developing alternative fuel sources, universal health care and dealing with corruption in Iraq. Franken recently returned from his third USO trip, making stops in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Though many would expect the liberal Franken to favor bringing the troops home, he says that wouldn't be the best move.

"I think we are at a point where we have painted ourselves into a corner," he said. "But I know that pulling out now would be like ... the perfect bad ending to a perfectly badly done war."

If not for his asinine comments published yesterday (scroll down on our main page for the full story) about sleeping with Playboy centerfolds, I'd have been willing to call Franken's political and professional strategy cunning and potentially effective.

Frequently, the Radio Equalizer hears from Minnesota residents with varying opinions about Franken's viability should he jump into this race. Sure, he's vulnerable to attack ads on his role in Air America's sleazy corporate behavior, as well as others featuring his various public lowlights (repeatedly calling for Bush's execution and his room-clearing NYC speech come to mind).

In addition, his failed attempt to take on US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a public event (above photo) didn't make Franken look ready for prime time, either.

On the other hand, he brings major name recognition, local family ties and national fundraising potential to the race. Franken has many friends entrenched in the liberal elite establishment (such as George Soros) and could count on advice from Hillary Clinton as well as other key Democrats with large-scale campaign experience.

For those reasons and others, a potential Franken candidacy must be taken seriously by opponents.

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Sinking Ship, Milk Of Amnesia: Pete at IHillary for the Radio Equalizer


  • as Air America begins to wind down
    You continue to write this as if it has any basis in fact -- but you refuse to provide any such facts (I suspect because you don't have them). If AAR is having financial difficulties, please explain. Specifically, how much more is AAR spending than it is bringing in? What are its ad revenue figures? Give some proof, or stop spinning conjecture based on disagreement.

    By Blogger Justin, at 10 January, 2006 19:31  

  • What is your fasination with Al Franken? Two-thirds (may be more) of your entries mention him in large or small part. Of all the talk radio personalities to talk about, its almost always him. You must have some kind of thing for him.

    In Fall '05 ratings news, WABC is down 0.2 and WLIB is up 0.2.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 10 January, 2006 19:39  

  • Further more Justin--POINT BLANK--Why do you hate America?

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 10 January, 2006 21:44  

  • Simply go to

    Don't be scared Justin and Kite, we know that it gives (cover your eyes here if you must) F.A.C.T.S.

    By Blogger wise_n_texas, at 10 January, 2006 23:18  

  • I'm not asking for facts regarding AAR content (i.e. what Franken says). I'm asking for facts as to AAR "winding down." Where is the evidence? I've been asking Brian for evidence for months, but still no reply. He apparently believes that if he just says something long enough, it must be true.
    Remember, I have no idea if AAR is in good or bad financial shape. But neither does Brian.
    Patriot World: I'll assume that's a joke.

    By Blogger Justin, at 11 January, 2006 06:55  

  • Simply go to

    Don't be scared Patriot World and wise_n_texas, we know that it gives (cover your eyes here if you must) F.A.C.T.S.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 11 January, 2006 13:03  

  • Oh my Kite - you must have consumed that entire picther of Kool-aid relying on that day (hopefully) you will get over your limitations and spread out to reality.

    By Blogger wise_n_texas, at 11 January, 2006 13:43  

  • Oh my wise_n_texas - you must have consumed that entire picther of Kool-aid relying on that day (hopefully) you will get over your limitations and spread out to reality.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 11 January, 2006 16:16  

  • Kite, that's a nice mature game of copy-cat you're playing there. It really makes people want to take you seriously.

    By Blogger Olah Chadasha, at 11 January, 2006 17:51  

  • "Patriot World: I'll assume that's a joke."

    It's no joke--I'm someone who is quite blunt and if I know someone is out there to put down this country like the left, Democrats, Franken, etc. I'm calling them to the carpet on it.

    I am no fan of Franken myself even reading in "Do as I Say, Not As I Do" about his hypocriscy, he's nothing more than a shallow blowhard!

    OK, so I have the audio version of it--but I do remember in the section him doing some salacious things when he was on SNL--like "What's My Addiction" a sick send up of What's My Line. And like Michael Moore, he hasn't hired a lot of minorities to work in some of his productions though he towes the party line about race.

    And to wise n texas, I will check out that site.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 11 January, 2006 17:59  

  • Kite, that's a nice mature game of copy-cat you're playing there. It really makes people want to take you seriously.

    I wasn't trying to be serious. I was pointing out how stupid his arguments were by making the same ones in reverse. I mean, really, if you're argument can be prefectly reversed, you don't really have much of an argument, now do you?

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 11 January, 2006 19:48  

  • Simply go to:

    Ugh. That was rebutted easily at

    ... is 100% correct! Al Franken gets debunked.

    By Blogger frankenlies, at 11 January, 2006 19:50  

  • That site doesn't explain dick. He just keeps repeating that he's 100% correct but doesn't explain why.

    I still can't believe this guy clings to #6 and #9. Jokes, people, jokes.

    Also, take #3 for example. doesn't respond to anything in the blogspot site. He just repeats stuff from the original site.

    In #2a, he wants to know what his error is. His error is that he didn't prove democrats put the flier there. He simply implies it and hopes his readers don't notice he doesn't prove it.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 12 January, 2006 00:03  

  • Mr. Kite: "His error is that he didn't prove democrats put the flier there."

    Yikes! You might want to read the post again: I'm afraid you missed the point entirely. is 100% correct.


    By Blogger frankenlies, at 12 January, 2006 00:19  

  • I read that.
    What point did I miss?
    Also, what was Franken's lie? He said that the flier were found, which they were.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 12 January, 2006 00:30  

  • Mr. Kite: "What was Franken's lie?"

    It's quite simple. Franken falsely claimed that Republicans put out a flier "in black neighborhoods" to "try to suppress black turnout." ["White suburban voters don't want to vote for a party that would try to suppress black turnout in 2002 by putting out flyers in black neighborhoods saying: URGENT ..."] (pp. 256-257, Lies, hardcover)

    The truth is that a whopping total of four of these fliers were found by Democratic campaign volunteers on the doors of a middle school. The Dems could not even bring forward one regular citizen to say he or she had found the offending flier. The flier was not "[put out]" in "black neighborhoods," as Franken bogusly claimed. Got it?

    By Blogger frankenlies, at 12 January, 2006 13:03  

  • Can you get me more of the text? I don't own the book.

    In any case, that still isn't a lie. Franken thinks, based on what was written on the fliers, that Repubs put them there.

    If you're only response is that, well, Dems found them, then you're out of luck. That doesn't mean anything.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 12 January, 2006 14:10  

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